A TikTok video showing a young woman with blackened eyes in the backseat of a car went viral after viewers on social media theorized it might be a missing Arkansas girl who disappeared in 2014, prompting law enforcement to look into the matter.
The footage shows a young woman sitting in the backseat of a car with two men. As the men talk, the woman stares at the camera silently and stoically with blackened eyes. While the video was initially posted to Facebook, it was later uploaded to a TikTok account on Thursday where it went viral.
Users became concerned with the well-being of the young woman, and furthermore mused that she bears a resemblance to Cassie Compton, who vanished from Stuttgart, Arkansas nearly seven years ago at the age of 15. Compton vanished after attending a demolition derby with a friend in DeWitt.
Even Compton’s mother thought the woman in the video could be her.
"I was thinking, 'My poor baby. She looks beat up. She looks strung out,’” Judy Compton told TVH11 in Little Rock.
As a result of the resemblance, concerned citizens have been reaching out to the Stuttgart Police Department.
“We appreciate all the tips and information about Cassie Compton,” the department stated on Thursday. “We have the video from TikTok and have seen the Facebook posts. We are working diligently with the Arkansas State Police and FBI right now. Since this is still an open investigation we can’t release any further information right now.”
Later on Thursday, however, a woman identifying herself as Haley Grace Phillips posted an Instagram video claiming that it was her in the video.
"Thank you, everybody, for worrying and also thank you for making me post a picture of me with my recovering black eyes,” she said in the video. “I was robbed this weekend. I'm fine. Okay? I am not kidnapped.”
She went on to say, “everyone stop bothering me...I don't know who this Cassie bitch is, I am Haley Grace, and I'm fine."
Comton’s family have stated that they fear there was foul play in connection with Cassie’s disappearance, KATV reported in 2019. No charges have ever been filed and no suspects have ever been named nor ruled out.
Colleen Nick, founder of the Morgan Nick Foundation, which provides support to parents and families of missing children, told TVA11 that it was “breathtaking” to watch the concern for the missing teen unfold over the internet.
"What it really takes is every one of us doing whatever we can in our own little space in the world to make a difference and today, thousands and thousands of people have made a difference for this one person," she said.
Compton stands around 5'3," weighs around 100 pounds and has blue eyes. She had blonde hair at the time of her disappearance. She also has a scar on her left cheek.
Anyone with information should call the Stuttgart Police Department at 1-870-673-1414.
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